Plans changed.

Cyclists pedaled. Swimmers swam. Tokyo built dorms. It cleaned streets. People got ready for the Olympics.

COVID-19 changed those plans. There will be no Olympics this year. We must wait until next year.


READ MORE: Tokyo was to host the Olympic Games this summer. But Tokyo’s Olympic President Yoshiro Mori announced on March 30 that this year’s summer games have been rescheduled for July 23-August 8, 2021. That was hard news for athletes all over the world. They have been training for years to take part in these games. Will they qualify for next year’s games? Will they be better than ever? God knows. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Lesson #2: ​Backyard Olympics. ​Were you hoping to spend time as a family watching the Summer Olympics? Have your own competitions right in your backyard. You’ll find many ideas on the Internet, including this one from Pinterest. Set up a table. Gather a stack of plastic party cups that you have labeled for scoring. Place the cups in three to five rows, with the lowest numbers at the front and highest numbers at the back. Set out a bucket of Ping-Pong balls. Each player gets 30 seconds to toss as many balls as possible into the cups. The child with the highest score wins.